Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bronze mirror with a support in the form of a draped woman

Period:
Classical
Date:
mid-5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Argive
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
15 15/16 in., 2 lb. (40.4 cm, 0.9 kg)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.78
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 172
The integration of three-dimensional figures into the design of a functional object is a hallmark of Greek art. A variety of elements–human, animal, and mythological–animate this mirror disk. A statuette of a woman standing on a base supports the mirror. Her simple woolen peplos falls in columnar folds. Her serious expression and quiet stance are typical of the restrained early Classical statues that were created from about 480 to 450 B.C. Two winged Erotes hover about her head. A hound chases a hare up either side of the disk; a siren, part bird and part woman, perches on the top.
#1043. Bronze mirror with a support in the form of a draped woman
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November 27, 1925, acquired by Joseph Brummer, purchased through Hôtel Drouot, Paris; 1925-1927, with Joseph Brummer, New York; 1927, acquired by William Randolph Hearst, purchased from Joseph Brummer; until 1941, collection of William R. Hearst; January 20, 1941, purchased by Joseph Brummer from the International Studio Arts Corporation (William R. Hearst); 1941, acquired by Walter C. Baker, purchased from Joseph Brummer, New York; 1941-1971, collection of Walter C. Baker, New York; acquired in 1971, bequest of Walter C. Baker.
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Walter-Karydi, Elena. 1976. "Eine parische Peplophoros in Delphi." Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, 91: p. 2ff., figs. 2.2, 4.2.

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